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Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Law societies’ policies for access to justice failure | Ken Chasse

Law societies appear to be powerless to serve the public interest by defending lawyers’ markets against three major threats: ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

Don’t rush to judge employees on medical, disability leave | Stuart Rudner

There are some pieces of advice that I offer repeatedly to clients in a variety of contexts. One of my favourites: “Do not rush to judgment.” Those knee-jerk, visceral or emotional reactions usually lead to bad decisions which can cost an organization dearly. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Foreign trained lawyer in land of opportunity | Alexandar Pavlov

June 27 is National Multiculturalism Day. Coming five days before Canada Day makes it the perfect time to reflect on why I am glad to be pursuing a law career in multicultural Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

An open letter to LSO lay benchers | Ian Wilkinson

Lay benchers hold a special place at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Convocation. You are the only benchers who truly represent the people by virtue of your government appointment. All other benchers, as members of the professions that the law society regulates, have a self-interest in the way the law society works. You are there to make sure policies are administered in the public interest. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Wellness: Sometimes losing is winning | Darryl Singer

I recently ran in the Law Society of Ontario bencher election as one of 73 candidates vying for 20 Toronto seats. I was unsuccessful in my campaign. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through business development | Gary Mitchell

In this fourth and final installment of the Building a Successful Law Firm series, we take a look at what you and your firm can and should do to grow in this area. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

What’s at stake at June 27 Convocation | Michael Menear

The June 27, 2019, Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Convocation will be the first business meeting of the five newly elected paralegal benchers, eight recently appointed lay benchers, and 40 lawyer benchers (including the incumbents and the StopSOP slate). As such, this Convocation will be no “business as usual” meeting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

Indigenizing justice | Kurt Sandstrom

As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21) and their culture, achievements and contributions, this is also an opportunity to consider how the justice system can better meet the needs of Indigenous people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Law firms falling down on physical data security | Julius Melnitzer

Forget cybersecurity — because law firms, it appears, can’t even keep their desks clean. ... [read more]